[OS X TeX] microtype
Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Mon Aug 9 14:43:39 EDT 2010
Am 09.08.2010 um 19:06 schrieb George Gratzer:
> Would these contribute to speeder typesettings with microtype?
I doubt it. TeX is not multi-threaded. You could reduce some
unnecessary effort by switching off any synching between source and
You could also think of TeXing chapter after chapter and then finally
putting all chapters together with another pdfTeX run on a source file
which just stitches the PDFs together... (you certainly know how to
set the page number of the new chapter and the pdfpages package) Here,
in this multi-job situation, you could start with 'make -j 24' (that's
the number all hyper-threading virtual cores of the Xeons) and a
Makefile which describes that the final book depends on the many
chapters TeX'ed before the final run and how to pdftex the individual
chapters to the final book.
Besides this you would ruin your shiny SSD. The memory cells inside
the device allow only a few thousand, maybe a few ten thousand re-
writes. Then they're depleted, the "disk controller" has to mark the
sectors as unusable, the capacity of the SSD will be reduced. Using an
SSD is as clever as using a Porsche instead of a Volkswagen, which
runs, and runs, and runs, and runs. Really clever is to install the
maximum 16 GB of RAM (I think 8 GB should suffice) and at least one
SSD (with two SSDs you could create a RAID0 with twice the bandwidth)
and use some amount of the RAM as RAM disk volumes (which are very
fast, always, and don't degrade). Here, in this *volatile* RAM disks
(each volume for a particular use) you can pdftex lightning fast.
Without ruining your SSD. You just have to remember to copy the final
product(s) to safe disk – which the Makefile might achieve as very
last step as well. (Actually Spotlight could save it directly on an
Didn't work the first time.
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